"Oh, this world is like a bag of nails and some are very queer ones...." The singer describes the world in terms of nails: "The doctor nails you with a bill"; "the undertaker wishes you as dead as any doornail...."


  • Bodleian, Harding B 28(204), "The Bag of Nails," W. Wright (Birmingham), 1831-1837; also Firth b.26(28) View 2 of 2, "The Bag of Nails"


  1. OLochlainn-More 96, "The Bag of Nails" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Fahey-Eureka, pp. 182-183, "Nails" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. BI, FaE182


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1838 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 28(204))
Keywords: work
Found in: Australia Ireland